Poly makes run at title repeat

May 16, 1991|By Paul McMullen

When Poly rolled to the Maryland Scholastic Association track and field title last year, the Engineers won seven of the 18 events and scored 154 points.

They could be even more dominant this year.

Under first-year coach Bill Hickey, Poly went unbeaten in the A Conference, and in the process developed one of the favorites in more than half of the events. The Engineers are loaded with quality sprinters, and as a result Hickey might do some experimenting at the championships, which conclude at Poly Saturday (10 a.m.).

With sophomore Eric Gay leading a young sprint corps, Poly is capable of sweeping the four relays. The 4X800 group could be bolstered by the addition of junior Tramont Evans, a basketball reserve who's one of the more versatile athletes in the MSA. He began hurdling this spring, and his 14.3-second time is the fastest in the area.

"Tramont has been wanting to run the half-mile, and we might have him in the relay [4X800]," Hickey said. "He could do other things for us, too. Tramont's a tremendous student, and I know the football team is giving him a long look."

Other title possibilities for Poly include Ron Drummond in the 800 and Stevon Hamilton in the high jump, where he's defending champion. Archbishop Curley was the only team to hold the Engineers below 100 points in a dual meet, but they were tied by B Conference champion Carver in the latter's relay meet.

Western is the favorite in the City-Wide girls meet.

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